The year 2022 was marked by a series of achievements and challenges for the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME/PAHO/WHO). Still under the effects of the covid-19 pandemic and in a partial remote work regime since October, BIREME has advanced in its mission to support the countries of the region with scientific and technical health information through its products and services centered on the Virtual Library in Health (VHL) and its sources of information.
Meeting on the 2022 results of TA6 and TA9 to the Term of Cooperation 95, between PAHO/WHO Brazil, through BIREME and the Ministry of Health, was held on December 15th and 16th. In addition, the current year’s TA4/TC93 results were also shared. The meeting was coordinated by the Director of BIREME, João Paulo Souza, who had the support of the BIREME team and Shirlei Rodrigues (CGDI Coordinator), and Sandra Cristina Teixeira (Dissemination of Technical-Scientific Information in Health), both of the General Coordination of Documentation and Information of the Secretariat of Administrative Affairs, linked to the Executive Secretariat of the Ministry of Health of Brazil.
Following WHO guidelines in its strategy for Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine (TCIM), PAHO/WHO Brazil, in partnership with BIREME, held a webinar on the last December 13th to publicize two important initiatives that contribute to the strengthening and integration of TCIM into health systems and services in the Americas and the Caribbean, and to increase the resolution and sustainability of national health systems.
The process of evaluating and selecting journals from Brazil for the Latin American and Caribbean Literature in Health Sciences (LILACS) database is carried out annually, an activity in the context of TC93, between PAHO and the Ministry of Health of Brazil for the development and improvement of BIREME. This committee met on the last December 12th, to carry out the last stage of the journal selection process for LILACS, which started in July 2022.
BIREME, through the LILACS database coordinating team, with the support of the PAHO Office in Honduras and the Country Coordination of the VHL and LILACS, carried out a pilot study with the editors of scientific journals in Honduras, which resulted in their improvement of and an award for Innovative Experience in the context of the response to covid-19 and public health granted to the Revista Médica Hondureña.
The inequalities which perpetuate the AIDS pandemic are not inevitable; we can tackle them. This World AIDS Day, 1 December, UNAIDS – Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS co-sponsored by PAHO – is urging each of us to address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS.